Sightseeing in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, doesn’t look up to much from the train. Having come from the beautiful, clean, nothing-bad-ever-happens city of Salzburg, Ljubljana was definitely something different. We arrived at the train station in the middle of the night and ended up lost wandering the streets looking for the Hostel Celica. If we hadn’t been walking around in a group of three, I would have been a little bit nervous.

The Hostel Celica is a converted prison and is located in Metelkova City cultural centre, which consists of several dilapidated buildings covered in graffiti. These former army barracks are now squats for artists and activists. So you can see what I mean when I say Ljubljana has a grungy, edgy vibe.

By day, especially when walking around the centre, Ljubljana definitely looks a lot better and more appealing.

The sights in Ljubljana centre around the bridges and the river. We walked to the famous ‘dragon bridge’, which actually looks a lot more grand and imposing in the photos.

Me on the Dragon Bridge in Ljubljana

We had the bright idea of having a picnic up at the Ljubljana Castle and purchased some juicy red strawberries from the fruit markets. In need of some cheese, prosciutto and bread, we ventured to the indoor market. The people on the market stalls let us spend ages tasting their produce and even gave us some free coffee and crackers.

Ljubljana Markets, Slovenia

Picnic in Ljubljana, Slovenia

To access the medieval castle you have to take a glass elevator up to the top, which was a nice change from the long hikes we had to do to reach the top of other castles. The beautiful castle has some fine restaurants and affords incredible views over the city of Ljubljana. We sat on a lawn in the courtyard and laid our picnic out on the grass in the sunshine. We even had the cheek to go into one of the restaurants and ask for glasses of wine, which turned out to cost only 80 cents each!

Ljubljana Castle, slovenia

After descending back down to ground level, we walked alongside the river, where people were sitting in the street-side cafes enjoying a mid-afternoon coffee.

Padlocks on Bridge in Ljubljana, Slovenia

The centre of all the action is the Prešeren square with the iconic red Franciscan Church. Opposite is Triple Bridge, which offers a great photo opportunity of the river. In the square you’ll find various buskers playing music and performing dances.

Red Franciscan Church in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Triple Bridge, Ljubljana, Slovenia

We found a Wi-Fi hotspot at Cacao, which serves incredible gelato and coffee, then crossed Triple Bridge and wandered around the quaint Old Town.

Ljubljana River, Slovenia

In the evening we went to a brilliant Mexican restaurant called Cantina Mexicana and visited a couple of bars alongside the river, before downing some shots and 2-4-1 cocktails in Skeleton Bar. There wasn’t much going on because it was raining and it was midweek, but I imagine it would have been a good night out on the weekend.

Ljubljana River at Night, Slovenia

Food in Cantina Mexicana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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5 Responses to Sightseeing in Ljubljana, Slovenia

  1. Scott May 11, 2011 at 12:36 am #

    Great post! I was there in September 2010 and sadly it rained for 48 hours straight. Enjoyed my time at the Hostel Celica and made it out to Lake Bled though one day! Funny story that we had at the Skeleton Bar: My friend and I were talking to a couple girls, and when they went to leave, they said they were going to “the top”. I took this to mean upstairs, but there was no upstairs when we went looking. We found out later that the hip late night spot was called “The Top” and at the top of a hotel, oh well.

    • victoria May 15, 2011 at 10:22 am #

      Scott, I tried to go to “The Top” but it was closed that night!! Haha pretty funny that you thought it meant upstairs. oh well.

  2. Leif aka The Runaway Guide May 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    I Loved Lubjanlanjalna. It’s such a quaint city with great friendly people. Slovenia is a fantastic country. Your pictures capture the city beautifully. I can’t wait to go back.
    Safe travels,
    Leif

    • victoria May 18, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

      Haha Leif I could not say Ljubljana for the life of me. It is beautiful, would gladly go back to Slovenia.

  3. Sam March 13, 2012 at 4:36 am #

    I was supposed to go here in July but I’m injured :(

    It looks like a really cute place. I can’t wait to go.

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